Photo: An Ottoman Mevlevi Sheikh, Bir Osmanlı Mevlevi Şeyhi; 1890s.
I am Love, having no place in this world or the next,Having no signs, like the Anqa, the fabulous bird.
With my eyebrow and my wink, I have captured this world and the next as my prey.
Yet you see me not carrying arrows and a bow.
In every mote I am reflected and seen like the sun,But the sun of my face, for its extreme brightness, cannot be seen.
With every tongue I speak and with every ear I listen,Yet, strangely enough, my own tongue and ear cannot be seen.
Since I am all and everything that exist in the universe, I am unique, nothing resembles me in this world or the next.
'Symbol and Archetype: A Study of the Meaning of Existence'
By Martin Lings (Author)
Every religious tradition or metaphysical worldview involves a system of powerful symbols, most of which bear common meanings across cultures, continents, and time. This volume, complete with a 9th century Quranic manuscript, explores the significance of the most recurrent symbols and archetypes in human history and elaborates""a compelling theory for why symbolism plays such an essential role in human life. The work explores certain basic aspects of symbolism in relation to the Divinity, the hierarchy of the universe, the function of human faculties and qualities, the human condition, natural objects, works of art, and the final end--all with reference to the great living religions of the world, and in particular to Christianity and Islam.